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Stabilization Fund Transfers

SECTION 23.   (a) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller shall, on or before June 30, 2013, transfer $400,000,000 to the General Fund from the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund, but the comptroller shall instead transfer a lesser amount if the secretary of administration and finance so requests in writing. The comptroller, in consultation with the secretary of administration and finance, may take the overall cash flow needs of the commonwealth into consideration in determining the timing of any transfer of funds. The comptroller shall provide a schedule of transfers to the secretary of administration and finance and to the house and senate committees on ways and means.

(b) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, during fiscal year 2013 the comptroller shall not transfer 0.5 per cent of the total revenue from taxes in the preceding fiscal year to the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund, as otherwise required pursuant to clause (a) of section 5C of chapter 29 of the General Laws. But upon written certification by the secretary of administration and finance that there are sufficient funds to make some or all of the transfer required under said clause (a), the comptroller shall so transfer the amount certified. The comptroller in consultation with the secretary may take the overall cash flow needs of the commonwealth into consideration in determining the timing of any transfer of funds under this subsection. The comptroller shall provide a schedule of transfers to the secretary of administration and finance and to the house and senate committees on ways and means.

(c) Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, the comptroller shall, not later than June 30, 2013, transfer the interest earned from the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund during fiscal year 2013 to the General Fund.
 
 

Summary:
This section: * transfers $400 million to the General Fund from the Commonwealth Stabilization Fund, but allows the Secretary of Administration and Finance to reduce the amount transferred; * cancels for fiscal year 2013 the automatic deposit into the Stabilization Fund of 0.5 percent of total tax revenue, but allows some or all of the transfer to be made if the Secretary certifies that funds are available; and * transfers interest on the Stabilization Fund during fiscal year 2013 to the General Fund.